Andrew Bynum's stubborn sense of entitlement
Just as he's serving punishment for acting in an immature manner, Lakers center Andrew Bynum provided another example that indicates he still hasn't grown up.
He was pulled over twice in the last two days and cited for speeding and equipment deficiencies by the California Highway Patrol, reported The Times' Ben Bolch, so it's likely he'll enter Saturday's game against Denver fielding questions beyond just his return to the lineup.
OK, so no one should be morally outraged by this. After all, raise your hand if you've never gotten a speeding ticket. Still, this illustrates how Bynum's sense of entitlement remains strong.
He's currently serving a four-game suspension for throwing a forearm at Dallas guard J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. (Anyone defending his character should consider this happened two other times.) And after clotheslining Barea, Bynum took off his Laker jersey in apathy and offered no apology until two days later.
Bynum's car was also spotted twice last summer parking in handicapped spaces. Anyone looking at that as a petty incident should consider truly handicapped people unable to find a space simply because Bynum wanted to save time running errands.
And then this week brought Bynum and the two separate driving incidents. On Tuesday, Bynum was pulled over by the CHP on the 405 Freeway near the La Tijera Boulevard exit for driving his Porsche 911 without a license plate and improper lighting equipment. On Wednesday, Bynum was pulled over again on the 405 and issued a ticket for speeding. So it's no one's concern but his that Bynum lacks a proper license plate and lighting equipment. But it's surely the Lakers' concern that Bynum's speeding only adds further risk to him possibly suffering another injury again.
Bynum, at age 24, may have matured in some aspects. His conditioning, post moves and dedication have improved. He's tuned in to reading self-help books and meditating. He's eager to try new things, such as learning to speak Spanish this past off-season. But as far as practical, off-court matters, Bynum clearly has lots to learn. And if his recent behind-the-wheel incidents are any indication, he still has a long way to go.
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Center Andrew Bynum has served three games of his four-game suspension for his flagrant foul against Dallas guard J.J. Barea in the 2011 playoffs. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.